Update II: Thrashers trade for Clarke MacArthur

The Thrashers obtained Clarke MacArthur from Buffalo for a third- and fourth-round pick this year.

MacArthur, a left wing, has 13 goals and 13 assist in 60 games. He is a minus-14 this season. The 24-year-old is 5-foot-11, 191 pounds and is a restricted free agent. He makes $1.4 million.

Over four seasons with the Sabres, MacArthur has 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists) and is a minus-11.

The move was the only one of the day for the Thrashers, meaning Slava Kozlov will remain with team despite his request to be traded. Kozlov said today that he would considering playing in the KHL next year to continue his career if he doesn’t land with another NHL team.

New addition Evgeny Artyukhin has arrived and skated. He practiced along with Rich Peverely and Max Afinogenov. Coach John Anderson says don’t read too much into that yet. He was just getting a look at the new forward.

Chris Chelios cleared waivers, assigned to Chicago.

Nik Antropov did not skate, which is not unusual as he nurses a nagging hip injury.

Lines:

Bergfors-White-Little

Artyukhin-Peverley-Afinogenov

Kane-Slater-Armstrong

Boulton-Reasoner-Thorburn-Kozlov

UPDATE II:

Here are some quotes from Waddell about the acquisitions and team. Think what you will:

On the trade: “We said all along going into the trade deadline that we believe in our team, we really like our team. We are going to be buyers and not sellers. The last couple of days we made a couple of acquisitions picking up Evgeny Artyukhin and Clarke MacArthur that strengthen our group of forwards. When you look back at the trade for Ilya Kovalcuk we added [Johnny] Oduya and [Niclas] Bergfors. We really liked the way our team had been playing and we weren’t going to take away from that team. We wanted to make sure we kept adding to that team.

“I think this is a strong statement to our players, to our fans, that we believe we can make the playoffs and that’s why we were buyers and not sellers.”

On MacArthur: “Really good skater, good puck sense, good hockey sense. Plays hard. Not overly big, but he plays bigger than his size. … Speed is becoming really important in the game and our team gets around the ice as well as anybody else. Having bring that speed and bring the forecheck, you are going to make it hectic on another team’s defense.

“I think he’ll be a second- or third-line guy. The way we look at our top nine forwards are right now, we’d be hard press to say what is our number one line, our number two, our number three line is. I think if you are going to have success in the NHL you have to have three lines that can score. … We’ll find a spot in there for him and go from there.”

On Artyukhin: “We all think his skill level is greater than what he’s been able to show. We think he skates very well, a very physical player that can forecheck. Given a chance to play more minutes in certain situations will be more positive. Starting off with us here, he’ll probably start off in a fourth-line role and see where we go with it.”

On possibility of other trades: “Not really. We talked to a lot of teams. The prices were high and we really wanted to add a forward with speed and grit and MacArthur is the kind of guy that we focused on. We stayed in touch with everybody out there that was available. At the end of the day we felt this was the deal that was best for us. We had a lot of calls from teams that thought we would sell off guys, especially our UFA guys. I made it clear that was not the avenue we were going to take.”

On so many forwards: “We’ve got 15 forwards. We recognize that’s going to be an issue. Everyone is healthy right now which is a very good thing. We have 17 games this month and to think we are going to get through this stretch thinking we are going to be healthy we’ll be very fortunate. We’ll address it. Now we’ve got competition for jobs. I look at it as a very healthy situation. If you play well, you’re going to continue to play. If you have a bad night or a night off, there are other guys waiting to take your job. I look at it as a very competition and healthy situation.”

On not trading Kozlov: “There wasn’t a buyer for [him]. We had small interest early in the day and as the day went on that weeded. We couldn’t move him so he’s still a Thrasher and is going to be one for the rest of the year.

“We never had an offer to bring to him.”

123 comments Add your comment

J.B.

March 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

What about the two on your shoes?

J.B.

March 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

… sorry, Chris. Couldn’t resist.

Thrasher_Ed

March 3rd, 2010
10:46 am

Chris,
Hearing any likely destinations for Kozlov?

J.B.

March 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

TFP reported a while back that a deal for Kozlov was near but didn’t specify a destination.

FormerIslesFan

March 3rd, 2010
11:00 am

C-Viv,

If “Arty” is with Max and Pevs, is White at practice? If so, what is the line set-up for the whole team?

J(Z)

March 3rd, 2010
11:10 am

Apparently Antropov is the one not at practice

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

What was the comment about Hainsay, summoned off ice but don”t thing its due to a trade?

FlamesFan

March 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

It’s 12:00. I guess Chelios cleared waivers.

Midfield

March 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

The one trade I wouldn’t mind is shipping Hainsey out some place. Sorry, Ron, but $3+M for this? No way.

Crickets

March 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Mary Ann Hossa

March 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

This is the slowest blog in the history of the AJC

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
1:10 pm

Thrasher_Ed

March 3rd, 2010
1:12 pm

It might help if Chris actually was doing a live blog and asking for thoughts on deals made so far.

Thrasher_Ed

March 3rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Went down to the Bulb last night and the team looked like they are playing hard. I just wish our ownership and management team was doing it’s part in a similiar manner!

Mary Ann Hossa

March 3rd, 2010
1:17 pm

Nothing – and I don’t count signing a 48 year old as news

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

or how Arty looked

Mary Ann Hossa

March 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

No news is good news with DW. I guess. He usually get the garbage no one else wants.

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

True That or Foil Men for that matter

Gwinnett Fred

March 3rd, 2010
1:36 pm

I’m certainly trying to stay optimistic.

And to that end – the team has always sucked with 1 (maybe 2) studs on the roster and the rest AAA type calibur, or at least play like it.

The encouraging thing I’ve seen in the last 5 games since Kovy finally admitted he was lying all along about wanting to stay – is that we are averaging 1.33 points per game as opposed to 1.02 before the trade.

Saying that in a more meaningful format, that’s a pace for 109 points as opposed to 84 points.

WHY – it looks to me like it’s more of a TEAM and not the Kovy show.

We’re only a point out of the playoffs with games in hand and a ton of home games coming up (where we’ve actually been 11-5-1 after that horrible home start).

Bottom line – I want a reason to go to games. Watching Kovy was exciting, but I’ll go more often if my team is competitive grinding it out like last night and hopefully they will keep playing that way and more fans will agree and support the team.

No, I don’t work for the Thrashers – just a long suffering fan of both the Thrash and Flames that thinks this city deserves more than TWO playoff wins in 18 seasons and wants to see it happen before this teams heads out of town too!

TableHockey

March 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

Seems like the team is playing pretty well together lately and in that sense I would be okay without any further trades. Though it would be a shame to not get something for the UFAs that we can’t resign.

Brendan

March 3rd, 2010
1:52 pm

Our old friend, Eric Belanger, a pending UFA, has been traded to the Washington Capitals from the Minnesota Wild. We’ll get to see him a few more times between now and the end of the season.

Are you excited? I am. I hope he flops as badly with the Caps as a “rental” as he did here, as a “rental.”

woody

March 3rd, 2010
1:54 pm

This just in…. the entire Thrashers team has been traded/banished to Vancouver…in this blockbuster team for team trade we will recieve the Canadian Olympic Womens Hockey team.

Now thats some improvement, we just might make the playoffs.

JimG

March 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

Hope those canadian women bring cigars and beer

MB

March 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

GFred, must have missed Kovy’s admission that he was lying about wanting to stay in Atlanta. What exactly did he say?

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

Belly flopped! Get it…ha ha ha ha. Actually, he tanked in the playoffs. After the west coast roadie, he played quite well w/ Hoslov.

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

MB good point did he also see him flop in the olympics?

Gwinnett Fred

March 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

Well MB – I’m just an old fart that believes actions speak louder than words.

And when we (1) bring in guys he wants us to bring in; (2) are in playoff contention and (3) offer to make him the highest paid player in NHL history – that tells me we met his requests and were still left at the alter. Translation just in case you are having problems with putting 2 and 2 together: He LIED about wanting to stay here as long as the team showed him a reason to stay – he was given 110 million reasons to stay.

Heck, even Barry Melrose flat said in an interview on 680 last week “he (Kovalchook as he pronounces it) had not intention of staying in Atlanta”.

If you somehow are holding a delusional thought that everything Kovy and his agent were feeding Waddell the last 1+ years was totally legit – then I have some beautiful beachfront property in downtown Snellville I’d like to sell you too!

Mike

March 3rd, 2010
2:14 pm

From ESPN Chat: Pierre LeBrun: Note from Thrashers front office source, “stay tuned.” Something is coming down the pipe from Atlanta

Sage of Bluesland

March 3rd, 2010
2:20 pm

Kovalchuk wanted the chance to compete for a Cup win–something Atlanta, as led by this ownership and GM, will never deliver.

Never.

To believe otherwise is the definition of delusion.

J.B.

March 3rd, 2010
2:21 pm

Mike – thank goodness. DW sure likes to wait until the last minute huh?

WJ

March 3rd, 2010
2:25 pm

somebody wake Chris up. Either a lot of trades going down and he is working hard to get them all down or he has simply fallen asleep.

WJ

March 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

Forget Kovy. He got what he wanted and it wasn’t anything to do with the Thrashers, regardless of what he said time and again, he wanted to go elsewhere. Kiss him goodbye. Forget him already!

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

Chris is tryiong to locate the closest Starbucks

WJ

March 3rd, 2010
2:29 pm

Starbucks – There is one in New York he can go to.

WJ

March 3rd, 2010
2:30 pm

Breaking news – entire Thrashers team traded. waiting for details.

MB

March 3rd, 2010
2:31 pm

No need to get all pi$$y, Fred. YOU wrote “Kovy finally admitted he was lying all along about wanting to stay,” so I was just curious to hear what he said. You did NOT write that “Kovy’s admission” was your interpretation of his actions and that Barry Melrose said something that agreed with your assessment, hardly groundbreaking stuff. Maybe Kovy did LIE about wanting to stay here, just as you LIED about him admitting it.

I don’t doubt that he had no intention of staying here, and fully expect him to sign elsewhere in the off-season for less than we offered. While I would have preferred he handled it differently, I certainly can’t blame him for wanting to get away from D-Wadd and the ASG as he enters the prime years of his career.

WJ

March 3rd, 2010
2:31 pm

By the way, what is the time deadline on trades?

WJ

March 3rd, 2010
2:33 pm

Kovy is gone – Kovy is gone – Kovy is gone. Thrashers won.

fes

March 3rd, 2010
2:34 pm

WJ

March 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

fes
thanks. guess Chris will have something for us shortly.

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

You guys are a barrel of laughs. Especially Sage who is apparently some disgruntled former intern from the early days of ASG.

Alan R.

March 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

WJ, 3pm Eastern. Trades will still be announced after that time, however, because 3pm is merely the time the league office has to know about them.

Mary Ann Hossa

March 3rd, 2010
2:39 pm

Pierre LeBrun: Atlanta Thrashers have acquired forward Clarke McArthur from the Buffalo Sabres

zippy

March 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

Clarke McArthur! Good pickup. He crashes the net

Alan R.

March 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

3rd rnd + 4th rnd to Buffalo for Clarke MacArthur.

Want My Floor Seats?

March 3rd, 2010
2:41 pm

Gave up a 3rd and a 4th rd pick for him…

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
2:41 pm

Thrash got Clark Mcarthure from sabres for 3rd and 4th draft pick

Jack

March 3rd, 2010
2:42 pm

Any more thrash trades?

kracker

March 3rd, 2010
2:44 pm

He’s a LW…wondering if they found a home for Slava?

brett

March 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

Thats the move we’ve all been waiteing for!!! Clarke MacArthur!!